French scripted indie Federation Entertainment is launching Animal Federation, a new LA-based management and production company headed up by producers Juan Solá and Nacho Manubens and talent manager Adil Chamakh.
The Spanish-born execs have all been based in LA for several years, working in both the US and global entertainment markets. Solá and Manubens first joined Find Me In Paris producer Federation last year when they teamed with the Paris-based company to launch Federation Spain.
Animal Federation will focus on representing diverse, multi-hyphenate and multilingual talent and is currently developing original content and adaptations from Federation studio’s IP library for the Lat Am and US markets.
Solá (Extinction, Horizon Line, The Commuter) has produced alongside Jungle Cruise director Jaume Collet-Serra for many years, introducing European talent to the US market.
He is currently in post-production on the feature film Retribution, starring Liam Neeson.
Manubens (Money Heist, Gran Hotel, Velvet), meanwhile, is responsible for spotlighting Spain’s top TV network Atresmedia on an international scale and also produced La Templanza, the first original series from Amazon Prime in Spain.
Earlier this year, both Solá and Manubens produced Netflix’s upcoming film Las Niñas de Cristal, starring María Pedraza.
Adil Chamakh, who will serve as SVP and head of management, has years of experience representing both American and international talent including Australian-American actor Aisha Dee (The Bold Type) and musician and actor Masego for all of his film and TV projects.
Chamakh previously launched the talent management company, Creative Room, where he specialized in representing diverse and multi-hyphenate actors and filmmakers.
Animal Federation’s will launch with an initial client roster including Love Victor’s Isabella Ferreira, Italian actress/model Alice Pagani (Netflix’s Baby), writer/director Lluis Quílez, who is responsible for the Netflix thriller Below Zero (Bajocero).
“Federation producers are already involved in launching the creations of a large number of European showrunners and directors. We had long been eager to help these talents grow into global names, including in the immensely competitive market that is Hollywood, explained Pascal Breton, president of Federation Entertainment.
“Following Nacho and Juan’s lead, we needed to find the right manager for the job, and Adil Chamakh is the perfect fit: his extensive experience both in Los Angeles and the major European capitals makes him an ideal person to manage their careers.”